The Portland neighborhood of Hillside literally has recreation at its doorstep. This community is located amid parks. Located in the 97210 ZIP code, Hillside is a large neighborhood less than a mile from the Pitlock Mansion, Pitlock Acres Park, MacLeary Park, Hillside Center Park, Pitlock Bird Sanctuary, Hoyt Arboretum, and Wallace City Park. Other parks are not much farther away.
There are many hiking trails through these parks and the neighborhood. Hikers, sightseers, and those who enjoy taking pictures of wildlife have ample opportunities here.
The neighborhood and the area surrounding it are heavily forested. Though several species of trees grow there, towering firs dominate. Ferns and other plants are also plentiful and give the neighborhood a fresh smell unexpected in a city as large as Portland. The community is known for the number of hawks, eagles, and other birds of prey who nest there, as well as ducks, geese, and smaller wild birds. The neighborhood is also environmentally friendly in too many ways to count.
Hillside is slightly more than two miles from the Willamette River, which gives its residents access to trout, bass, catfish, sturgeon, and other fish. Sturgeon exceeding 1,000 pounds have been caught in this river, which flows into the Columbia River not far from the Hillside neighborhood. Boating, swimming, and other water sports are also available on the river.
Hillside lies in a scenic, rugged terrain of rolling hills. The homes tend to be large and quite nice, surrounded by trees. Many have gardens that benefit from the warmth, rich soil, and moisture of Portland.
This neighborhood is served by both Interstate 405 and US Highway 26. The main through streets are West Burnside Street and Northwest Twenty Third Avenue.